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The countryside of Wales was the birthplace of the name Boffin. Boffin originally started out as a name for a small or short man, derived from the Welsh word "bach," which means "little."

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The surname Boffin was first found in Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county, created in 1536 at the Act of Union with England, and located in Northeast Wales, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Boffin has seen various spelling variations: Baugh, Bach, Bagh, Bawgh, Baughe, Bawghe and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boffin research. Another 300 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1391, 1450, 1545, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Boffin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Boffin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Boffin: Thomas Baugh, who sailed to Virginia in 1619. John Baugh journeyed to Barbados in 1671; Jonathan Baugh arrived in Virginia in 1729; Peter Baugh sailed to Philadelphia in 1832.

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The Boffin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boffin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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